I just finished putting all the routes I have accumulated onto a software program. The program is pretty neat in the fact that it can be downloaded onto a gps, it has all the charts in one place, and it is easy to use. It also stores all my notes of the ports that I will enter. The notes include all the marinas the I have stayed in, the ammenities and facilities offered as well as all my notes on the inlets and waterways that change yearly. In addition I store friend and contact info for each area to keep up to date invaluable local knowledge. Basically I have created my own travel guide. On transports I usually carry with me a laptop and 2 portable gps units. I have a garmin 478 that is great for both marine nav and street nav wherever I go. I have a second gps unit that I can hook up to the laptop to use as a backup to my portable. I also always bring with me all the paper charts of the areas that I will be travelling. For years I have accumulated routes and my own personal log book that has all the info above that I need to move safely from one place to another. The paper charts already have my routes plotted out from previous trips and personal notes on what to avoid and where to stay. I don't think I will ever get rid of these. I grew up learning navigation with a parallel ruler, dividers, watch and compass. With all the innovations in modern electronics these tools seem to be going the way of the dinosaur. I still don't think that I would ever leave without them though. My questions are: Do you think that at some point we will no longer use paper charts and tools? Will they at some point be a novelty on board, just some sort of decoration or will they always have a place on board?